Background

Meals on Wheels had been in the process of seeking a location for a new head office and commercial kitchen. The need to expand and upgrade their kitchen space was pivotal, so with the help of Kennett, they identified a site on Sir Donald Bradman Drive which was previously occupied by Rossi Boots. Through this process, Kennett were awarded a Managing Contractor agreement for the construction of the proposed brand-new state-of-the-art Meals on Wheels premises.

Project

The $15.7m project includes a two-storey office area, commercial kitchen space & feature courtyard. Due to the nature of the way Meals on Wheels operates, there are some unique aspects of the build, including the installation of cool rooms, freezers and associated kitchen requirements. As part of the contract, Kennett was contracted to install all new kitchen equipment. The office and amenities areas feature a highly-specified mix of materials, including polished concrete, timber flooring and also feature timber and joinery. The façade of the building is a mixture of full-height glazing, Flemish Bond masonry walls, Danpalon cladding and in-situ white concrete upstands.

Construction Detail/s

– Demolition of the existing Rossi Boots factory and office area, including the removal of underground storage tanks.

– Construction of a new facility incorporating office and commercial kitchen with structural steel, precast panels, masonry, in-situ concrete walls, metal roof cladding and a mix of Danpalon and CFC wall cladding.

– Installation of all commercial kitchen requirements, including cool rooms, freezer & equipment.

Challenges

– Late scope changes were issued as the client fine-tuned their operational approach. This continually threatened handover dates, but were incorporated successfully.

– The unique nature of a large commercial kitchen brings construction methodology and cleanliness challenges, particularly as the handover date approaches.

– The need to close down all four lanes of Sir Donald Bradman Drive to enable the main structural steel feature truss to be delivered to site. The road could only be closed for 60 seconds at a time which dictated a finely-tuned delivery procedure.

– Close coordination with SAPN and the OTR to ensure safety around existing powerlines that were within the minimum allowable distance for works & structures. These powerlines were disabled during works and eventually removed & placed underground.

Outcomes

The project was successfully delivered 4-weeks ahead of the Practical Completion date & well under the initial client budget, with Meals on Wheels staff providing extremely positive feedback. Overall, the project ran very smoothly with a great relationship built between Kennett, Meals on Wheels and all consultants involved. Any issues were resolved promptly with a collaborative approach by all parties. The project was a pleasure to be involved in for all Kennett staff.

Team

Paul Jennings – Construction Manager

Phil Hole – Commercial & Estimating Manager

Edward Schulz – Project Manager

Harrison Dewar – Contract Administrator

Aaron Killeen – Site Manager

James Seppelt – HSE Officer

Sean Rendell – Estimator

Internal

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